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BGK stressed but wont go in tube?
Old 11-12-2013, 08:33 PM   #21
 
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ive had one for about a year and he lays funny and sticks himself to the intake to "naps" idk if thats really what hes doing but i was nervous the first couple of months but he only eats bloodworms mainly bc hes not interested in anything else lol once you get used to his quirky-ness you will love him to no end and not worry or stress over him :) best of luck!!
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:51 PM   #22
 
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Mine eats NLS thera A. Took some time to convert it, which is why I suggested leaving it in quarantine when you move the oscar.
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:26 AM   #23
 
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3.5-4" I woke up to him dead /:
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:55 AM   #24
 
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I'm so sorry to hear, hon. . . T__T
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:08 AM   #25
 
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I had trouble with them at that size too. It's really tough to determine if there's something wrong because of how strange their behavior can be.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:13 AM   #26
 
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Awwww I'm so sorry to hear that! Seems from what advice has been given here they can be very tricky to look after and get huge!

Keep us posted on your Oscar. My best advice to you is to spend the next while doing more research on both these species even if you don't plan another GBK. Certainly advised if you plan to get another.

Don't hesitate to ask questions if you need help.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:13 AM   #27
 
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I've done my research I just wan't expecting the quirky behavior. I'll wait a bit before I try again (if I try with one again).
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:08 PM   #28
 
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So, they're getting new ones in tomorrow. I have a separate QT that I've been cycling and it's at the end of the cycle (showing 10ppm Nitrates and 0s across the board with the exception of .25ppm ammonia after three/four days) would this tank be safe to put him in as the only fish? All I have to do is pick up some different substrate because the sand in there has my ph at 8ish. Out of my tap it's 7-7.5, though. I do 25-50% WC every 3 days on all of my tanks to ensure I don't have a chance to get to harmful levels. Would the pH even harm him at 8? I read they will do fine with this pH and adapt well.

Thanks for the advice, everyone!!
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:28 PM   #29
 
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but changing out your substrate in a newly cycled tank will disturb and reduce somewhat the new BB you have built up. It's barely established and certainly not a mature tank. IMO, if it were me, I would acclimate him to this 10 gallon as is, on his own, alone. I wouldn't change anything now that it's cycled. If he can live in 8ph then just slowly blend the tank's water to his bag water over the acclimation time.
And once coming out of QT to the big tank I think I would do this process again if there is any PH difference between QT and the Big tank.
Did the store give you any input as to what happened to the other one? Any input on having him with the Oscar?

Good Luck if you go ahead! Please let us know how things go as we all learn by our members' experiences.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:32 PM   #30
 
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The LFS said that they do better with lower pH and he was fine with the Oscar. Online everything I've read says 6-8 as a pH range and I read reports of them being kept at 7.8-8 just fine. I'll go ahead and give it another go tomorrow but I'm honestly thinking about returning the Oscar. He refuses to come out while anyone is in the room and it's just not nice to look at an empty tank, not to mention it would open the 75 back up for the angels I wanted.
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